Posted February 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Although Dwight Howard is pursuing a trade from Orlando, the star center has expressed that he wants the ball more late in games. The Philadelphia 76ers take a different approach, using a team-first mentality while relying on a balanced attack, and that system seems to be working well for the Atlantic Division leaders. Howard's Magic look to avenge last month's loss to the 76ers when they meet Wednesday night at the Amway Center. Howard drew headlines following Saturday's 99-94 win in Milwaukee, telling Fox Sports Wisconsin that he wants to be the closer for Orlando (18-11) and that coach Stan Van Gundy needs to have confidence in him to finish off opponents. It seemed like a somewhat odd request considering Howard is hoping to be traded. Not helping his case is his 49.4 percent mark from the free-throw line, which would be 19th-worst all-time for a full season. Still, Howard defended his stance following Monday's 102-89 win over Minnesota despite being limited ...
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